Hard work tells the storied history of local restaurant Granzin Bar-B-Q in New Braunfels

Granzin Bar-B-Q owner Miles Granzin has been in the barbecue business most of his life and has operated his own restaurant for more than 35 years. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Granzin Bar-B-Q owner Miles Granzin has been in the barbecue business most of his life and has operated his own restaurant for more than 35 years. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

Granzin Bar-B-Q owner Miles Granzin has been in the barbecue business most of his life and has operated his own restaurant for more than 35 years. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The drive-thru at Granzin Bar-B-Q is regularly active during the early-morning rush for breakfast tacos. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
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An old-timey photo of famous tough guy and cowboy John Wayne dons the saloon-style walls at Granzin Bar-B-Q. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Granzin Bar-B-Q saloon sports decorations for the Christmas holiday. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Granzin Bar-B-Q has a variety of seating options including an outdoor patio. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Taken from a small town in Germany, for many the name Granzin has become synonymous with barbecue in and around New Braunfels.

Starting as a 400-square-foot operation, Granzin Bar-B-Q has been serving New Braunfels customers for more than 35 years—the last 13 of which have been at a full-service restaurant and drive-thru location on San Antonio Street in downtown New Braunfels.

“It’s the variety of stuff we have. We hit everybody’s taste buds, whatever they might be,” Granzin Bar-B-Q owner Miles Granzin said about the restaurant’s continued popularity. “Even if you’re not a barbecue person, we’ve got other things for you.”

Whether it is barbecue turkey plates to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday or catfish plates in March, the restaurant’s highest-selling month, customers can expect a similar level of quality and taste whenever they stop by, Granzin said.

The restaurant features classic Texas barbecue and a signature sauce as a base, and customers can engineer their plate, sandwich or taco to their liking, Granzin said.


The tacos, such as the Granzin, are some of the best sellers, and the sandwiches feature freshly baked buns from nearby Naegelin’s Bakery.

“The meat and sauce make a difference, and I don’t think anyone can compare ours to anyone else’s,” Granzin said.

Among the most popular dishes at Granzin Bar-B-Q are the classic barbecue plates, breakfast tacos and the sandwiches, particularly the sliced beef and turkey.

According to Granzin, the sliced beef and turkey sandwiches are the No. 1 and No. 2 sellers, and sandwiches can be customized any way the customer likes.

“You get the beef if you like it and the turkey if you’re trying to watch what you eat,” Granzin joked.

For him personally, the clear choice is the sliced beef with mayonnaise and jalapeños.

“To me, there is not a better sandwich anywhere when you fix it that way,” he said.

Another aspect of the restaurant that separates it from many barbecue joints is the fact that everything is made in-house, Granzin said.

Items are not store-bought or served out of a canister, and it shows in the restaurant’s side dishes, such as the potato salad, Granzin said.

“It makes a difference,” Granzin said. “Everything is made here, not just the barbecue, but the sides too. Most barbecue places in town bring things in, and that puts us apart.”

Granzin Bar-B-Q

660 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels

830-629-6615

www.granzinbbq.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., closed Sun.
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By Ian Pribanic

Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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